ban·tam·weight | \ˈban-təm-ˌwāt \

Definition of bantamweight 

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, flyweight

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Ragan, a bantamweight (123 lbs.), won a silver medal at the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships. Dave Clark,, "USA Boxing names Duke Ragan Under Armour Elite Boxer of the Year," 6 Apr. 2018 An eighth contest, a women’s bantamweight fight between Sara McMann and Yana Kunitskaya, has been announced by both competitors on social media but not confirmed by the promotion. Jay Reddick,, "Lake Mary's Mike Perry, others join UFC's Amway Center card," 9 Jan. 2018 San Antonio super bantamweight Adam Lopez boarded a plane for his Friday showdown against Arnold Khegai at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia in foreign territory. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio boxer fighting on unfamiliar turf," 10 May 2018 The 36-year-old is a former WBO bantamweight champ, WBC featherweight champ and IBO featherweight champ. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Sexy Star talks boxing, Rosemary, apology after CCW match in her Miami debut | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Atop the card is a super-bantamweight (122 pounds) world championship — the sort of thing that doesn’t normally take place in Philadelphia. Don Steinberg,, "Liacouras Center boxing: Philadelphia heavyweights square off," 26 Apr. 2018 Hours before his fight Saturday, Russell accompanied younger brother Gary Antonio Russell to the ring for the bantamweight's scheduled six-round undercard bout against Mexican journeyman Jonathan Lecona., "Digest: Gary Russell Jr. defends featherweight title at National Harbor," 20 May 2018 The Real-Life Diet of T.J. Dillashaw, UFC Champion and Future Ironman Triathlete Josh Hedges/Getty Images For the reigning bantamweight title holder, even his hobbies are grueling workouts. Christopher Cason, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of T.J. Dillashaw, UFC Champion and Future Ironman Triathlete," 14 May 2018 Brazil’s Amanda Nunes will defend her UFC bantamweight title for the third time on Saturday as a heavy favorite in Rio de Janeiro against American Raquel Pennington, who hasn’t fought since November 2016 because of injuries . ., "Rafael Nadal’s clay streak ends with Madrid defeat," 12 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bantamweight was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of bantamweight

: a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh from 112 to 119 pounds (51 to 54 kilograms)

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